I donated some recipes to the Hearts on Noses Pig Sanctuary cookbook!!
Funds from the book go to the sanctuary. Grab a copy and help a piggy!!
I donated some recipes to the Hearts on Noses Pig Sanctuary cookbook!!
Funds from the book go to the sanctuary. Grab a copy and help a piggy!!
I tried to download the script from the internet but my fingers wouldn’t work. Tried to watch YouTube but everything sounded like gibberish. So I got into costume, walked out onstage and looked out into the audience hoping that the words would come to me.
Instead I fell to the ground and pretended to have a seizure. Curtain closed and I woke up. #theshowmustgoon #stressdream #breathefeellove
I have had the best couple of weeks … with the Y pool being closed I decided to go on a tattoo holiday and get tattooed by everyone at the shop. Yes. EVERYONE!!
I started with Gerry. He tattooed my knuckles.
Next was Dave Maier. Dave is a new addition to Tattoo Zoo. He started out as a guest-spot and after his first day I said to Gerry “That guy should work here…“. Well it took a few years for him to finally decide to move from Edmonton to Victoria but he’s making the transition here and we couldn’t be happier. He’s a great addition to the shop.
I chose this design off the wall. I can’t remember who drew it but I’ve always admired it and thought he would be the perfect person to tattoo it. Dave is left handed so it was wild watching him tattoo me. Kind of unnerving for some reason. Ha ha. I love it!!
The next day I got tattooed by Mason Larose. Mason has been with us for a few years now and I haven’t had a chance to be tattooed by him because of all my cancer treatment. We were going to tattoo one of his drawings but then I saw this snake on the wall (drawn by Ezra Haidet) and showed it to Mason and he was stoked to do it … so we put it on my leg. Right beside the tattoo that Dave had done the day before. I thought it was going to be painful but it actually wasn’t that bad …
I was in the grocery story a few days later and a woman shrieked and pointed at my leg. “SNAKE! I HATE SNAKES” I patted her on the shoulder and said “It’s not real. It’s a tattoo.” ha ha.
A day later it was time to get tattooed by Caroline Paquet. Caroline has been with us for many years and I love love love her style. I was going to get her to tattoo one of her drawings but she saw me compiling ideas to get tattooed and saw this little mouse drawing that is from a 1990’s Cherry Creek Flash page (If you’re an older tattooer – you know the one I mean) and BAM!! She tattooed the hell out of it. I think it’s the cutest tattoo I have. Love it!
I took a few days off before I got tattooed again. I was feeling pretty beat … Getting tattooed requires a lot of energy (to get through the tattoo) but also the healing process. So I had a nice quiet weekend. Just lay around and healed.
Before I knew it – it was time to get tattooed by Nicole Nowicki. Nicole has only been with us a few months and is such a wonderful addition to our shop. I chose one her drawings from her “wanna-do” book. Wanna-Do books are full of drawings that our artist “wanna do“.
It was fun getting tattooed by her … and the tattoo took about 15 minutes. I love quick tattoos!
Next day was Tami’s turn to tattoo me. Tami has been at TZ for about a year and I love her delicate line work. I knew she’d be perfect for this idea… and she nailed it! I love it!!
Next thing I knew it was my birthday weekend… WHAT? Time is flying. How on earth am I 47 years old?? Crazy.
I had a great visit with them. We went out for a nice dinner at BeLove for my birthday and then hung out at the house eating ice-cream and gossiping about tattooing and other tattooers. A regular hen-party only I was the only hen. I think we stayed up til 2am gabbing. It was a fantastic way to spend my birthday.
I am so lucky to have such good friends. They just “get me”.
Before they left it was time for Chris Hold to tattoo me. I’ve known Chris for many many years and he is one of my favourite people. He was Gerry’s apprentice and then graduated from The School of Gerry and moved back to Vancouver. He’s such a talent … I love getting tattooed by him. He tattooed a mummy on me that I chose off the wall (drawn by Dan Higgs). I love it SO MUCH!!
Unfortunately I ran out of time and wasn’t able to get tattooed by Eckel but he comes back once a month to do a guest spot at TZ so…
It was SO MUCH FUN to get tattooed by everyone in the shop. I am a lucky lady to be surrounded by so much talent. Most importantly it was really great to spend a little bit of one-on-one time with each member of my tattoo family.
Best. Holiday. Ever.
This port was installed under my skin below my clavicle and administered chemo as well as fluids, medication and was also used to draw blood. It saved my veins from collapsing and having it installed was one of the best decisions I made.
I pushed my doctor and insisted on having it for my treatment. The weight of it is shocking. I carried it around for almost a year… So grateful for my port and shedding a happy tear that this part of my life is behind me.
I’m going to have 2x giant tables of merchandise at the Beggars Banquet in Market Square on June 26th full of cool stuff to buy!!
Not only am I selling items from my store Sarah’s Place but I’m also liquidating a large portion of my vintage collection!! More info about the event HERE.
Hope to see you all there!
So … the Y closed the pool for 3 weeks for cleaning and I thought about going to other pools in town to do Aquafit but then I realized that I had a perfect window of opportunity to get some tattoo work done.
I haven’t had any serious tattoos done since my cancer diagnosis over 2 years ago. I’ve had a few tiny ones here and there but nothing major. So yesterday I sat down with my #1 favourite tattoo artist/husband Gerry and he did some work on my knuckles.
I’ve wanted to get my knuckles tattooed since I was a kid. I remember being downtown with my Dad and a motorcycle rode by with a big biker (and his lady on the back). She was wearing a tank-top and had tattoos all over her arms. If I think back to the time (it must have been the late 70’s) she probably only had 2 or 3 tattoos. The guy riding the bike had a motorcycle jacket on and his hand tattooed. I wanted so badly to be part of their tribe.
I remember telling my Dad that I liked their tattoos and he jokingly said “If you ever get a tattoo – I will kill you.”
Well that planted a seed of rebellion didn’t it? Ha ha. As soon as I turned 18 I ran down to my local tattoo studio and got a peace sign about the size of a quarter tattooed on my left breast and that started my journey of collecting tattoos.
Gerry calls these kinds of tattoos (hands/face/neck) job stoppers and I’ve hesitated for a long time about getting my knuckles tattooed. But if this cancer experience has taught me anything … it’s taught me to be fearless.
I mean. I still have fear. I feel it creeping around me every day … but I choose to use the fear to propel me forward towards the things I want.
Everyone always asks me if I have any vegan themed tattoos. Well as of yesterday… I do. I am vegan because I love animals – and I spend my days making conscious choices to harm-less. Tread lightly. Do no harm and all that jazz.
My plan for the next week is to get tattooed by everyone who works at Tattoo Zoo. I’m so excited. Stay tuned.
It’s been a minute (or two) since I wrote a book so when I get an e-mail like this … it makes me feel pretty cool. Thank you Robyn.
Hi Sarah,I found your book “La Dolce Vegan” a week ago in one of my favourite bookstores. I have a slight obsession with vegan cookbooks, so I decided to add it to my collection!Usually I never send fanmail, but I started reading through the introduction of this book, and just loved how much your vibrant personality shone through. Not only is the book full of recipes that look easy and delicious, but there are also some awesome tips about how to clean your home in a more environmentally-friendly way. I love how unique this book is!I visited your blog a few days later, and was shocked to learn about your battle with breast cancer. I found myself mesmerized, and read through about two years worth of entries. It is so horrible to learn about everything that you’ve been through, but you approach it all with such optimism and courage. I find it so great that you don’t sugar-coat what you’re going through, but you also are not letting it bring you down. Taking it one step at a time is such a great approach.In any case, I just wanted to let you know that your story has made a huge impact on me, and I’m inspired by your optimism and willingness to embrace life. Your sense of compassion, and the amount of hard work and dedication you have put into everything you do, shine through in your blog and in your books. I went out and got “How it all Vegan” this past weekend, and am loving it. I made the smoothie with tahini for breakfast this morning, and it was delicious.I wish you all the best,Robyn
I realized after last nights blog that I haven’t been blogging lately. It’s not because there’s nothing to write about – but because my hands hurt.
Actually my hands, shoulders, knees and toes all ache. I have stiffness in my fingers and toes. I still wake up with “claw hands” in the morning. Takes me a while before I can use them properly.
My hands are weak. I can’t open jars, packages or carry anything heavy anymore. My feet are really creaky when I first wake up and when I go for my 3am pee I have to walk really carefully because they just don’t work properly until they get warmed up.
My shoulders and knees ache and if I do anything too athletic that puts pressure on my joints – I have a hard time the next day with aches and pains. Even sitting for a long time is difficult. For example – if I sit and watch a movie – depending on the day it can be uncomfortable to sit and I’m very stiff when I get up and start walking.
The only thing that makes me feel better is swimming. Getting in the pool makes all the aches and pains go away. That’s why I love aquafit and how I stay motivated to go every morning. Not only is it great exercise – but also gives me relief from pain.
I’ve also been taking Purica Recovery and it helps A LOT! It’s nice to find a vegan friendly product like this that works.
The pain isn’t so bad that I can’t function – it’s about a 4 on the pain-scale but sometimes it’s a 6. I have a meeting with a rheumatologist at the beginning of June and I hope she has some good information for me. I’m hoping that there is something I can do to make it go away forever. Or that this is a temporary symptom from all the treatment I did. It’s a LOT better then it was – but it’s still keeping me from doing what I want to do.
I taught the warm-up for Aquafit the other day and doing exercises on the side of the pool really hurt my knees and feet the next day. So much so that I told them I can’t do anything high-impact on the side of the pool – so I am now learning how to teach the GentleFit which is a slower more.
I can’t play my ukulele right now either. I’m ok playing a few songs but I can’t practice for more then 15 minutes or my hands ache so badly the next day. It’s a total bummer.
And that’s the reason I haven’t been blogging. Sitting at the desk or typing for a long time is hard on my body. Ugh. I haven’t even told you about my trip to Hawaii or my trip to NY/Toronto. Maybe tomorrow. 😉
Went and saw my surgeon to talk about doing “deconstruction”. I like him a lot… I feel really lucky to have a surgeon who gets what I want to do. He was surprised that I wanted to remove my left breast and just be flat – but he understands my desire to be symmetrical and also that I don’t want to do reconstruction.
Because this is a non-urgent issue like last time (look ma no cancer) I am now on a waiting list to have the surgery. I’m number 98 on the list so that means I will probably get a surgery date in the fall of this year – but I’m also on a cancellation list – so if someone cancels or backs-out of surgery I can nab their spot and get in sooner.
The good news is that because he’s not messing with my lymph-nodes – it will just be day surgery. Surgery in the morning and home and on the sofa that afternoon.
I came home from the doctors office and I had a butterfly in my stomach. I am excited.
It might seem weird to some of you that I am excited to remove my other breast – but I am looking forward to not having to wear an uncomfortable prosthetic anymore and to no longer be lopsided. I find it very uncomfortable.
My friends keep calling it a ballerina body or a flapper body – but truth is I am still carrying around my chemo/meopause weight (can’t seem to shake it). So I will more then likely look like I have a Buddha body.
The surgeon asked me if I was worried about not looking feminine and I told him I was not worried about it at all… I think my definition of feminine is different then most. When I was in high school and started becoming interested using clothing as a way to express myself I always modeled myself after androgynous icons.
Annie Lennox was a big influence on me. She rocked short hair and mens suits and was incredibly powerful and beautiful all at the same time.
Boy George, David Bowie, Jane Wiedlin, Patti Smith. Even Frank N. Furter from Rocky Horror was someone I aspired to capture the essence of in my outfits.
I recently found this photo of me from highschool … Gosh I’m adorable.
My fav unisexual artist is Prince. I never wanted to dress like him – but I did want him to do my make-up for me.
I am not looking forward to the surgery (or the downtime away from the pool for recovery) but I am looking forward to the freedom of symmetry. I’m also excited to figure out what clothing will work for my new flat chested body. I realized after I saw the surgeon that I don’t really play “dress up” anymore. This prosthetic boob really bums me out and so does being a uni-boober.
I think a shopping spree is in order once I’m all healed up. Yippee!
Happy Mothers Day. I lost my mum to cancer when I was 10 and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about her.
In a few short years she made a huge impact on me – she taught me about feminism, how to write a story, how to braid my hair.
Taught me that cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients is the only way to make a meal and that food that comes in a box isn’t real food.
Most importantly she taught me that animals shouldn’t suffer and die so that we have something to eat. That every animal has a mother who loves them.
So on this day – Mothers Day – please go vegan.